Dad’s Effort Pays Off, Volunteers Plant 56,000 Flags At Bourne Cemetery

BOURNE (CBS) – Fields of red, white and blue cover the National Cemetery in Bourne as hundreds came to pay their respect for those who served their country.

“This is amazing to us and warms our hearts to be able to honor our men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” said volunteer Patricia Corsini.

But no one was prouder than Paul Monti.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

His son Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, a Medal of Honor recipient, was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 trying to save a fellow soldier.

In the past, cemetery policy prohibited placing flags.  And for four years Monti fought to make it possible. “I needed to contact everyone I could, so I did. I contacted the Secretary of Defense, Army and Air Force,” he said. “I think the message is that we need to pay homage to all the vets that have served our country.”

On Saturday, dad placed at flag at his son’s gravesite.

Monti was hoping he and others would be able to plant a total of 50,000 flags. They managed to do even better, with 56,000.

Some were placed by family members but most were flags were placed by people who came out to show their respect and appreciation for those who have died in the name of freedom.

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  • Doris Arsenault

    Thank You Mr. Monti for honoring my husband and father-in-law

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  • janet

    Sincere thanks to you Mr. Monti for showing honor to the veterans. I have always felt a flag was needed on my husbands grave at Ntl Cemetery but now you have made that possible.
    Thank you

  • Carol

    Please post where people can send or leave a donation for Mr. Monti’s cause. He truly understands the meaning of remembering and honoring our fallen and deceased veterans. He has my full support and respect for what he has accomplished. Thank you Mr. Monti

  • Suzanne Pires

    Paul, what an unbelievable testament of your love and undying devotion to Jared and his fellow soldiers.
    May God bless you.

  • Rhonda

    I agree with Carol. Please leave a post where we can make a donation to assist in your wonderful efforts. My dad passed away this past Christmas and was buried at Bourne National Cemetary. Thanks to you, Mr. Montini, there will be an American flag flying in his memory this Memorial Day. Thank you so much.

  • Charlene Gould

    Thank you Mr. Monte! My husband and I went to the cemetary this morning, and we were both overwhelmed. My dad and father in law are both burried there. My Dad was always putting flags on his brother’s grave and every time he did, he would complain to me that someone took them off. Thank you for putting up a fight! My dad would be so proud to see his daughters visiting his grave with such honors! He was a World War II Vet and so very, very patriotic. He is probably looking down on you all choked up, smiling, and saying thank you! I thank you for doing this for all the veterans and their families, and I would love to help you next year. God Bless you and your family. Kind regards, Charlene Gould, Forestdale,MA

  • lieut dan's aunt

    mr monti, you are a giant among men, and a shining example to us all. hope many people are now motivated to attend their localt town’s parades and comemorations tomorrow. freedom isn’t free. let’s show we really appreciate the meaning of tomorrow back in the day, stores were not open on memorial day. don’t shop, be with your family & friends. too many of america’s real heroes can never have that again. spend time, not money.

  • Dorothy

    Thank you fir honoring those who have served… husband is buried there and I know that next week when our daughter goes there she will see that these valient men and women are not alone or not remembered!

  • Ron Guest

    Thank you for showing us that this is still America run by Americans, not beaucrats. You are another example of the tired but absolutely tru axiom that one man or woman can make a difference.

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  • Lori

    Mr Monti,
    As I drove into the National Cemetery on Sunday, the vision of thousands of flags took my breath away. It was the most glorious sight and I was thrilled to see the honoring of our heroes. I was unaware of your quest and had not heard about the flags prior to my visit. My heart is filled with gratitude to your son for his service and to you for this wonderful tribute. Count me in as a volunteer for next year! Thank you….

  • Cindy

    First, I think it’s wonderful that Mr Monti did this. However, I think it’s horrifying that he would even have to! Why in the world would an AMERICAN cemetery, especially one named a “National” Cemetery, prohibit the placing of American Flags?! Something needs to be changed about that. As a member of the US Armed Forces I would come back to haunt the persons who prevent my family from placing a flag on my grave. The person(s) in charge of the cemetery need a serious wake up call from the citizens. Keep pushing Mr Monti, and make it the way it SHOULD be!!!

  • Brian L. Kinsley

    Mr. Monti, on behalf of my Dad, Henry L. Kinsley, JR, USAF/USN thank for all that you and the volunteers. He would have been proud to know that he had a flag on his grave on Memorial Day.

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